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11 December 2017 17:26 (South Africa)

Southern Sudan chooses Freedom anthem, Idols style

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Late on Sunday the field of contestants to provide the music for Southern Sudan's national anthem was narrowed down to three. Joseph Abuk, chairman of the technical committee overseeing the anthem, said southern officials and the army would have the final choice. The words for the anthem have already been finalised, containing such hopeful lyrics as: "Sing songs of freedom with joy, for peace, liberty and justice shall forever reign." A bit like writing your anthem before you've got your secession. A referendum on the split is supposed to take place on 9 January, although it is far from certain if this will in fact happen, owing to unhappiness concerning the electoral register, among other issues. Read more: Sapa, via Times Live

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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